– Ida is a beautiful object. Fossils are natural works of art, says Jørn Hurum, Associate Professor at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. This year you can view this little primate together with Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream at the Munch Museum.
What has Munch’s Scream to do with the amphibian fossil Ida? Or his lithograph series Alpha and Omega with a tableau of stuffed animals? Such seemingly improbable encounters between Munch’s art and natural history form the basis of this exhibition project.
Fragments of the World
– I work mostly with subject matter from my close surroundings. What I observe around me. Tufts of grass and soil are everywhere, they are very ordinary things, explains the painter Thorbjørn Sørensen about the works he presents in the exhibition Through Nature at the Stenersen Museum.
With Magnifying Glass and Microscope
In Through Nature the fossil Ida, a stuffed bear, amphibians, pearl ships and minerals are exhibited together with original works by Munch. What challenges does this pose for the conservators?